Crash Test: Ford Bronco Versus Jeep Wrangler

There's a clear winner in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's small overlap front impact test.

Dan Carney, Senior Editor

November 14, 2023

Three driver-side small overlap frontal tests of the Wrangler were conducted, two by the Institute and the other by then-Fiat Chrysler (now Stellantis) as part of frontal crash test verification.

Ratings are based primarily on the Institute's tests and apply only to the redesigned model. In both of the Institute's tests, the vehicle tipped onto its passenger side after striking the barrier.

The partial rollover presents an additional injury risk beyond what the standard criteria are intended to measure in small overlap frontal crash tests. A vehicle tipping onto its side is not an acceptable outcome for a frontal crash and, as a result, the Wrangler's overall rating was downgraded to marginal.

About the Author(s)

Dan Carney

Senior Editor, Design News

Dan’s coverage of the auto industry over three decades has taken him to the racetracks, automotive engineering centers, vehicle simulators, wind tunnels, and crash-test labs of the world.

Sign up for the Design News Daily newsletter.

You May Also Like